In 2016, the Montana Department of Justice was chosen as one of twenty recipients in the country for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant (SAKI). Montana received $2,000,000 awarded through the Montana Board of Crime Control from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Montana implemented BJA’s evidence-based response model to address the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The essential elements of the model include the following:
- A statewide inventory of all untested sexual assault kits.
- Development of a multidisciplinary working group to identify and address challenges to sexual assault crimes.
- Designate a “site coordinator” who will serve as the central point of contract for the site team.